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Re: cc-mode adds newlines

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: cc-mode adds newlines
Date: Sun, 21 Nov 2004 19:12:33 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/21.3.50 (gnu/linux)

> Before that, c-mode silently set require-final-newline to t, and the only
> remedy was to write a hook function.  That was surely worse.

I guess that's one of the reasons why some people consider `customize'
as harmful: using mode hooks is nothing bad, quite the contrary: it's the
standard way to change things in a mode-specific way.

> That's somewhat unfair.  `require-final-newline' is something that, with
> the benefit of hindsight, was perhaps a bad idea.

No, it's a very good idea.  But setting it to t without the user's explicit
consent is a problem because few users know about it so they won't
understand what's going on.  Setting it to `ask' is safe and provides
basically the same benefit.


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